Clean energy

CT Transit gets fuel cell for clean energy; New Haven facility on tap

Nov 29th, 2012 | By

A United Technologies stationary fuel cell is providing CTTRANSIT’s Hartford bus maintenance and storage facility with clean and reliable power. Gov. Dannel Malloy has announced a $5.7 million Federal Transit Administration grant for the planning, purchase and installation of similar technology at the New Haven bus maintenance and storage facility.

Ikea commits to sun, wind — energy independence by 2020

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

As more U.S. businesses embrace renewable energy, IKEA plans to announce Tuesday that it will rely on the sun and the wind to produce all the power it uses at its stores and buildings by 2020. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story!

GE and Urban Green Energy Build World’s First Wind-Powered EV Charger

Aug 18th, 2012 | By

GE has linked its fast DuraStation EV chargers, deployed in London during the Olympics to power a fleet of zero-emission cars, to a vertical wind turbine developed by New York’s Urban Green Energy. The result is the world’s first wind-powered EV charger. The system, called Sanya Skypump, can power up a Chevy Volt in four hours.

Saugatuck commuter station goes solar

May 25th, 2012 | By

The City of Westport, Conn. is preparing to install a roof full of solar photovoltaic panels on the shelter at its Saugatuk commuter train station.

Fairfield Looks Into Producing Green Energy

May 17th, 2012 | By

Fairfield might soon go into the green energy business. Public Works Assistant Director Ed Boman has pitched a plan to turn otherwise wasted space in downtown Fairfield into renewable energy for town-owned buildings.

WCSU Installing Fuel Cell to Power Science Building

May 16th, 2012 | By

Western Connecticut State University and United Technologies will build a fuel cell this year to power WCSU’s science building, and the project is estimated to save the school $30,000 per year.

U.S. Awards $275G to CT Hydro Project

Dec 14th, 2011 | By

The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $8 million to hydroelectric power plant projects in Connecticut, Oregon, Utah, and Vermont under the Rural Energy for America Program, including $275,000 to Putnam Greenpower’s project in Connecticut.

Wind supplies 20% of Iowa electricity

Aug 16th, 2011 | By

The U.S. Department of Energy has set a goal that wind will generate 20 percent of the nation’s electricity by 2030.

Wisdom House in Litchfield Dedicating 80 Solar Panels Thursday

Aug 10th, 2011 | By

Wisdom House will host a dedication and activation of 80 solar photovoltaic panels that are newly installed on the roof of Spruce Brook Barn. The event is planned for Thursday, Aug. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Enfield Firehouses Embrace Solar Power

Aug 9th, 2011 | By

Four local firehouses have installed solar panels — a move that the departments hope will save money and promote clean energy.

From Horses to Hydrogen-Greater New Haven Transit District Launches CT’s First 22-Foot Hydrogen Bus

Aug 8th, 2011 | By

Connecticut’s first 22-foot hydrogen-powered bus launched today. Developed by the Greater New Haven Transit District, this HyRide vehicle is the first of its kind to serve the senior population.

Seniors take a spin on new hydrogen-powered bus in Hamden video | The New Haven Register

Jun 29th, 2011 | By

A new hydrogen-powered bus was dedicated at the Miller Library in Hamden Tuesday. Many took rides around downtown in the “Plug-in Electric Fuel Cell Bus,” the first “HyRide” vehicle in Connecticut to serve the senior population.

Fuel Cells To Meet Energy Needs at Coca-Cola

Jun 20th, 2011 | By

Coca-Cola’s bottling plant on Main Street unveiled its new fuel cells on Friday morning — the result of a collaboration between the beverage company, UTC Power, the town of East Hartford and the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund.

Cheshire’s Energy Saving Efforts Topic of CPTV Show

Jun 15th, 2011 | By

A segment of “Empowering Connecticut” features Cheshire and its efforts in energy conservation. The Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge is featured within this report as one of the town’s newest initiatives. The show will air on June 23 at 8:30 p.m.

Plainville latest to install solar carport for charging electric cars

Jun 7th, 2011 | By

Theoretically the V-shaped shelter with 40 parking space, six electric vehicle charging stations (made by GE, of course), with 425 solar panels on top, can produce enough energy to power 20 homes or enough to charge 13 vehicles over the course of a day.

Ready For Vote On Wind Power In Colebrook

May 21st, 2011 | By

The opponents of a wind power project in town are feeling optimistic that the Connecticut Siting Council will not approve its construction, after a similar project proposed by the same company in the New Haven County town of Prospect was rejected. The council reviewed a 35-page summary of findings about the first Colebrook application. BNE

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Report: No ‘Fatal Flaws’ Exist For Hydropower in Collinsville

May 17th, 2011 | By

Engineers reported no “fatal flaws” that could permanently derail the project, and that the development of one or both dam sites offers Canton “the opportunity to generate essentially all of the power consumed by Town facilities through clean, renewable hydropower.”

Bioheat 2011 in the ‘New Normal’ Economy

Jan 3rd, 2011 | By

Michael Devine, of the Earth Energy Alliance, writes that biodiesel is one of the few renewable energy technologies that has made its way out of the lab as a theoretical application, to become a viable renewable energy. Bioheat is ready for primetime distribution and consumer use today.

Push for turbines in Conn. hampered by a lack of … wind; Rep-Am says CT not the place for it

Jan 3rd, 2011 | By

Energy experts, legislators and power companies in Connecticut are not rushing to embrace wind power. Skeptics say Connecticut simply isn’t windy enough.

A step forward on green energy in Bridgeport

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

In discussing a burgeoning plan to turn waste into clean energy, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch said we have no energy policy and the state raids the energy conservation fund all the time.